(1295) Arachnothera affinis modesta.
The Grey-breasted Spider-Hunter.
Anthreptes modesta Eyton, P. Z. S., 1839. p. 105 (Malaya). Arachnothera modesta. Blanf. & Oates, ii, p. 370.
Vernacular names. None recorded.
Description. Whole upper plumage and visible portions of wing bright yellowish-green ; central tail-feathers darker, each with a blackish tip, lateral feathers blackish with yellowish-green bases and white tips; concealed portions of wing brown; feathers of forehead and fore-crown with dark centres; upper ear-coverts and sides of the neck olive-yellow; chin, throat and breast greenish-ashy, faintly streaked with dark brown ; remainder of lower plumage paler, the under tail-coverts with broad yellow tips.
Colours of soft parts. Iris brown; upper mandible black, the lower reddish-horny to reddish-brown; legs and feet reddish-ochre to pale reddish-brown.
Measurements. Wing 72 to 85 mm.; tail 42 to 52 mm.; tarsus 18 to 20 mm.; culmen 32 to 35 mm.
Distribution. Tenasserim from Muleyit to the Malay Peninsula; Sumatra and Borneo.
Habits. Very little recorded but, as far as is known, not differing from those of other Spider-Hunters. It is found both in evergreen and in light forest as well as in the groves of Coconut and Betel palms and, though apparently only rarely, in gardens.